Following a rigorous judging process it was unanimously decided that the Deco Debutante Award winner for 2011 is KLC School of Design graduate Javier Garcia-Alzorriz with runners-up Petra Arko and Irina Larina. Javier’s work was selected because it stood out as being inspiring, original and cutting edge. “I felt so thrilled and surprised” said Javier upon receiving the The Deco Debutante Award. “The competition featured a very talented pool of people. I am so grateful for all that I learnt at KLC School of Design and the opportunities that I have had due to studying there. It has been the best decision of my life.” Javier is currently collaborating with Matrushka interior and style practice where he is involved in the whole design process that Joanna Berryman and the rest of the team are developing.
Javier receiving the award from Mark Humphrey with Nick Steele
Petra and Irina were also delighted to be runners-up for the award. Petra said that “receiving recognition from such a distinguish panel of judges, who's respective styles and designs have influenced me so much in the past, will persuade me to pursue my design style further and approach my current work with my clients confidently and motivated.” Petra is working for her own company Arko Design Ltd and currently working as Interior Design Consultant for Jo Clevely Designs on one of her major clients, Geronimo Inns.
Irina is having work experience with HB Interior, which provides her with a wonderful opportunity to participate in a range of international high-end projects. “I have always aimed to create really exciting spaces and rich design experiences” said Irina, “being nominated for the Deco Awards made me realise that my works and attitudes are not only understood but also shared by other people. I believe this nomination will be a true incentive to explore the borders of my creativity and style.”
Javier Garcia-Alzorriz with runners-up Irina Larina (left) and Petra Arko (right)
The Deco Debutante Award was presented to Javier as part of the Deco Affair held at Quintessentially House on the 3rd November. Award entrants for 2011 were KLC’s recent Diploma graduates whose work was reviewed by a panel of leading industry judges consisting of: Patrizia Gucci (Gucci, PattiPatti), Mark Humphrey (Mark Humphrey Ltd), Jenny Gibbs (KLC School of Design), Jo Welch (Deco Living Media), Ryan and Anita Kohn (Living In Space). The trophy is a stunning white onyx sculpture designed by Mark Humphrey this will be passed on to each Deco Debutante Award winning designer and engraved with their name.